As a leading provider of laser dentistry services, Dr. LoPresti offers his patients advanced treatments such as periodontal care, aphthous ulcer care, and cold sore desensitization. Dr. LoPresti welcomes patients from the Upper West Side and throughout the Staten Island area.
Laser Dentistry Q & A
What is Laser Dentistry?
Laser dentistry refers to dental procedures which involved the use of a laser to treat a variety of conditions. Lasers have been used in dentistry since 1990 and are a safe and effective treatment for many patients. Dental lasers are often used to:
- Desensitize or reduce the discomfort of canker or cold sores.
- Reveal somewhat erupted wisdom teeth.
- Manage gum tissue when making impressions of teeth.
- Remove overgrown tissue caused by certain types of medications.
- Reshape or remove gum and bone tissues during crown procedures.
- Assist in the treatment of infections during root canals.
- Perform biopsies.
Are Dental Lasers Safe?
The lasers used in dental procedures including laser-assisted periodontal treatments are completely safe for use by a trained dental professional. The FDA and the ADA both have strict guidelines on both the kinds of lasers that can be used and the requisite training for dentists. Before treatment, the patient is provided with in-depth information about the treatment approach so he or she can feel confident in their care. The tools used by Dr. LoPresti are calibrated to a specific wavelength so that he is able to effectively treat the patient without causing any harm or discomfort
What are the Benefits of Using Dental Lasers?
The use of dental lasers holds many advantages including the option to not use a drill or administer anesthesia during certain procedures. This allows the patient to enjoy a more relaxed environment and reduces stress. Procedures which use lasers can also be more precise and can reduce healing times associated with traditional surgeries. Additionally, it can reduce the amount of unwanted bacteria in both the affected gum tissue and inside tooth cavities and control bleeding during surgery.
Is Laser Dentistry Right for Me?
Laser dentistry can be a great option for many patients but it will depend on the circumstances. The best way to know if the procedure is right for you is to talk the doctor. If you have any questions, contact Dr. LoPresti’s office.